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Neurodiagnostic Institute of Technology​

Mission & Purpose

The mission and purpose of Neurodiagnostic Institute of Technology (NIT) at Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience (HPN) is to provide formal training for Neurodiagnostic technologists. Neurodiagnostic Technology is the medical diagnostic field devoted to the recording and study of electrical activity in the brain and nervous system. Neurodiagnostic technologists possess the knowledge, skills, and attributes to obtain interpretable recordings of patients’ nervous system function. They work in collaboration with medical researchers, clinicians, physicians, and other health professionals.

Description

The neurodiagnostic technologist can be involved in one or more of the following diagnostic procedures: electroencephalography (EEG), evoked potential (EP), long-term monitoring (LTM), polysomnography (PSG), nerve conduction studies (NCS), and intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM). The technologist takes the medical history; documents the clinical condition of patients; understands and employs the optimal use of EG, EP, PSG, and NCS equipment; and applies adequate recording electrodes. Among other duties, the neurodiagnostic technologist also understands the interface between EEG, EP, PSG, and NCS equipment and other electrophysiological devices and procedures; recognizes and understands EEG/EP/NCS/sleep activity displayed; manages medical emergencies in the laboratory; and prepares a descriptive report of recorded activity for the interpreting physician. The responsibilities of the technologist may also include laboratory management and the supervision of neurodiagnostic technologists. Considerable individual initiative, reasoning skill, and sound judgment are all expected of the neurodiagnostic professional. Neurodiagnostic personnel work primarily in neurology-related departments of hospitals, but many also work in clinics and the private offices of neurologists and neurosurgeons. Growth in employment within the profession is expected to be greater than average, owing to the increased use of EEG and EP techniques in surgery; in diagnosing and monitoring patients with epilepsy; and in diagnosing sleep disorders. Technologists generally work a 40-hour week but may work 12-hour days for sleep studies and be on-call for emergencies and intraoperative monitoring.

Accreditation and Credentialing

NIT at HPN seeks accreditation and credentialing from Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) accreditation to demonstrate the program is in substantial compliance with nationally vetted standards and employs best practices in educating neurodiagnostic technologists. Students and Graduates of CAAHEP accredited programs can apply for the ABRET EEG examination using Pathway I which expedites access to the credentialing examinations.

Curriculum

The curriculum includes anatomy, physiology, and neuroanatomy (with major emphasis on the brain), as well as instrumentation, personal and patient safety, recording techniques, clinical neurodiagnostics, and correlations. Clinical rotations are conducted in medical centers.

Length: Programs may be 12 to 24 months and are typically integrated into a community college-sponsored program leading to an associate degree.

Prerequisites: High school diploma or equivalent.

Program Structure:

Meet Our

Multidisciplinary Team

Kore Kai Liow, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.A.N.

Neurology
Neuroscience Chair

Director, Memory Disorders Center, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Neuro COVID Clinic, Center for Neuromodulation, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience
Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Center, BRITL (Brain Research, Innovation & Translation Labs) BCI (Brain Computer Interface) & Brain Mapping Lab
Clinical Professor of Medicine (Neurology), Graduate Faculty, Clinical & Translational Research, University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Jason Chang, M.D.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Chief Strategic Officer
Director, Spine & Pain Management, Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Center, Subinvestigator, Clinical Research Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology), University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Jason Viereck, M.D., Ph.D.

Neurology

Academic Director
Director, Parkinson's & Movement Disorders Ctr, Comprehensive MS Center, Stroke & Neurologic Rehabilitation Center
Sub-Investigator, Clinical Research Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology), University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Sriharsha Vajjala, M.D.

Internal Medicine/Sleep Medicine

Director, AASM Accredited Sleep Laboratory & Sleep & Insomnia Center;
Subinvestigator, Clinical Research Center
Clinical Educator, Dept. of Medicine (Neurology), University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Vimala Vajjala MD

Neurology

Director, Headache & Facial Pain Center, Video-EEG Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Neurodiagnostic Institute of Technology, Subinvestigator, Clinical Research Center
Clinical Educator, Dept. of Medicine (Neurology), University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Paul Smith, M.D.

Lifestyle Medicine

Director, Self Care & Wellness Center
Sub-investigator, Clinical Research Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology), University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Qing X. Li PhD

Basic Science

Kent Yamamoto, M.D.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Director, Concussion & TBI Center
Sub-investigator, Clinical Research Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology), University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine

Todd Uchima PA-C

Neuroscience

Sub-Investigator,
Clinical Research Center

Chris Larrinaga, MSN, ARNP, CNRN

Neuroscience

Sub-Investigator,
Clinical Research Center

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